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US adults are increasingly reaching for their smartphones to access the Internet

By Shawn Knight · 19 replies
Jun 14, 2019
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  1. Americans of all ages are increasingly likely to go online using their smartphone. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 37 percent of US adults typically tend to reach for their smartphone to access the Internet – a significant increase from the 19 percent of Americans that responded similarly to the same question in 2013.

    Younger adults – those between the age of 18 and 29 – are especially likely to reach for their smartphone. A full 59 percent of adults in this age range said they mostly access the Internet on their phone, up from 41 percent who said the same six years ago.

    What’s more, 17 percent of Americans are now “smartphone only” Internet users meaning they don’t have a high-speed broadband connection at home. Such is likely to be the case (lacking a broadband connection at home) for those making less than $30,000 per year (26 percent) versus those with larger incomes of over $75,000 per year (six percent). Similar statistics are seen among those with lower education levels (high school or less) and college-educated individuals, at 26 percent and four percent, respectively.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,296   +3,705

    Didn't we just see this article a day or two ago?
    p51d007 likes this.
  3. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,456   +621

    No internet at home and only a smart phone ya these are light users you don't do much on the internet to begin with.
    p51d007 likes this.
  4. Ean Mogg

    Ean Mogg TS Booster Posts: 111   +49

    WHAT THE FART.. .don't they realise the damage their doing to their sight, it's like when we young and told not to sit close to the TV you'll get bad eyes or something like that and these screens are a lot smaller than any smartphone and ophthalmologists won't sat a word as it's money to them and they say Smartphones are a boon to them as they have seen an increase in glasses use ....SO BE WARNED READING OF SMALL SCREENS IS BAD FOR YOUR EYES...LOL
    p51d007 likes this.
  5. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,456   +621


    lexster and yRaz like this.
  6. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 700   +536

    I can personally attest to having difficulty viewing as clearly when looking at the phone for at few minutes or longer. I can easily tell by looking at anything LED such as a clock - it is very blurry.

    The question is - does constant eye strain weaken the iris? Permanently in due time?
    lexster likes this.
  7. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,180   +857

    It's just faster. And more convenient.

    My Desktop isn't mobile enough to surf the web on the toilet.
    gcarter, elementalSG and yRaz like this.
  8. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Maniac Posts: 269   +109

    Good question. I am near-sighted myself and work in IT so constantly stare at a computer and also my hobby is PC gaming so needless to say I am in front of a monitor more than I would like to admit. I am 35 now and my prescription has barely changed since my teenage years.
  9. darkich

    darkich TS Rookie

    Erm, you got it massively wrong about "smartphone only".
    It doesn't mean they don't have a broadband wi-fi at home, lol.

    I am smartphone-only and have had a home wi-fi for more than a decade.

    The point actually is that people ditch their laptops and desktops because using a smartphone is more convenient for them.
  10. darkich

    darkich TS Rookie

    You are making absolutely no sense, mate.
    Spectacularly wrong. Have you ever, like, read a book? Or on a Kindle? Or a comic? A magazine? A newspaper column?

    Now, have you ever actually used a 6" screened smartphone?
    The typical font size/eye distance ratio on a 6" smartphone is actually perfectly in line with those examples I've mentioned.

    On the other hand, reading on a laptop or desktop is actually retarded and damaging to both your eyes and body because:
    1) the letters are actually significantly smaller in proportion due to increased viewing distance
    2) the desk sitting body posture is very bad for your spine and circulation. No one is reading books and comics on their desks!
    They typically lay back and put the book closer to their faces. And that's exactly how most people use their smartphones for reading on internet while they're at home.
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,813   +1,515

    IMO, nope. They just don't want to get up off the couch, go to the 'computer room' and use the laptop/desktop -- which they may have to boot.

    For a one-off, quick lookup I'll pop into my smartphone too, but will not use email or online shopping with it.

    IMO it's not a preference, but a convenience choice and also not an absolute.
    Lionvibez and p51d007 like this.
  12. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,903   +1,416

    They're like filler articles. You see them every now and then.
  13. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,941   +1,208

    Maybe I should have been an "eye doctor" when I went into electronics 40 years ago ;)
  14. darkich

    darkich TS Rookie

    I won't say I disagree, but I can say in my case it indeed is a preference.
    I just prefer using a smartphone for everything ever since I got a galaxy S3 and I've been buying a high end smartphone since.
    It's the touch interaction, the screen quality(imagine, there is actually no money that can buy you a laptop or a desktop monitor with the overall quality of a best smartphone OLED screen..and at the same price point, the PC screens are absolutely horrendous in comparison), and convenience and simplicity of use. Just can't stand sitting at the desk, and years of using a desktop almost destroyed my back.
    I just prefer to lay back and get up close and personal with my palmtop computer(Note9). If I REALLY need to do something in a desktop environment, I hook up the DeX.(it even dual boots full Ubuntu btw and works stupidly good) But what I've learned the most from the DeX is, just how little I actually need the desktop any more.
  15. lexster

    lexster TS Maniac Posts: 320   +167

    That is possible. Eye exercises will help keep the eye muscles from getting weak. A simple one that I do is to focus on an object less than 1 meter away for the count of 3(or until your eye is focused on the object, which ever takes longer) then another object more than 3 meters away for the count of 3 and keep going back and forth for 3 to 4 minutes. Doing this everyday for a month reduced my eyestrain greatly. Now I only do it every couple of days.
  16. lexster

    lexster TS Maniac Posts: 320   +167

    Why does anyone spend that much time on the toilet? Maybe I'm different, but I get in there, do my thing and get out. I don't sit around in my own "odor". Certainly not long enough to surf the web...
    Lionvibez likes this.
  17. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 768   +375

    I can stop doing that any time. And one of these days I will. But it will not be this day. Or the next.
  18. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Booster Posts: 149   +70

    Stop reading this article on your cellphone!! :)
  19. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 739   +284

    My eyes do get blurry if I look at a cellphone screen too long. Not sure if it's the blue light coming from the phones, eye strain. or both.
  20. koblongata

    koblongata TS Addict Posts: 186   +56

    True, even at home I find myself using my phone to browse a little more now, but use GPD Win whenever I can, it's comfortable device to use while in a more laid back (or even laying flat using it on my tummy) posture.

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